Char­i­ta­ble way to say ‘I do’


Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jil­lian Mc­Kee

MEET Syd­ney’s most gen­er­ous cou­ple – Justin and El­iz­a­beth Smith, who in­vited dozens of lo­cal home­less to their wed­ding for a free meal.

The Smiths, of Ropes Cross­ing, have known each other since they were 12 and have bonded through vol­un­teer­ing.

“We both love do­ing it, it feels good to know we are do­ing some­thing good,” Mrs Smith said.

Mrs Smith gives up her time ev­ery Wed­nes­day for Christ Mis­sion Pos­si­ble, which gives free food to the home­less and less for­tu­nate at PCYC in Mt Druitt.

But it was Mr Smith who came up with the idea for their wed­ding.

“This is what we do and how we live, so Justin put it to Christ Mis­sion and said ‘how about we get mar­ried here?’,” Mrs Smith said.

“I thought it was a great idea and that means more to me then hav­ing an ex­pen­sive wed­ding.”

Last Wed­nes­day, guests at the Smiths’ wed­ding were treated to ham, roast chicken and sal­ads, as well as a big slice of wed­ding cake.

“The night was ex­cel­lent, ev­ery­one got on and danced and ev­ery­one said they had a great time,” Mrs Smith said.

The cou­ple’s friend, Lisa May, said she wasn’t sur­prised when she heard about the wed­ding plans.

“Th­ese two have helped the com­mu­nity so much,” she said.

The Smiths also do­nated $2000 to the mis­sion.

“Th­ese peo­ple go out ev­ery sin­gle day to feed the home­less and help the com­mu­nity.”

Mrs Smith she felt blessed to be­long to such a giv­ing com­mu­nity.

“I wouldn’t live any­where else,” she said.

Ropes Cross­ing cou­ple Steve and El­iz­a­beth Smith in­vited the lo­cal home­less to their wed­ding at Mt Druitt PCYC for a free meal

El­iz­a­beth Smith with her bridal party (from left) Hoki Lyon, Amanda Brown, daugh­ter Brit­tany Palmer with grand­daugh­ter Lilly (10 months), Belinda Pehi and Leyanne Robach.

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